First dispersal event of a reintroduced Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus) in Korea

Amaël Borzée, Yoonjung Yi, Desiree Andersen, Kyungmin Kim, Kwang Seon Moon, Jeong Jin Kim, Tae Wook Kim, Yikweon Jang

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Once reaching maturity, individuals of most mammal species typically disperse towards suitable habitats, adequate to their ecological requirements. If the habitat has reached saturation for carrying capacity, these individuals may disperse further to find adequate habitat. The Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus) has been reintroduced on the Korean Peninsula since the early 2000s, and is now considered successfully reintroduced. The population size in the Jiri Mountain National Park, where the species has been reintroduced, has reached about 56 individuals, and for the first time a young male has dispersed a significant distance outside of the national park. The individual was caught and released within its home range before dispersing again. Our research highlights the dispersal pathway followed by the individual, the landscapes crossed, and the public reaction to this dispersal event.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-55
Number of pages5
JournalRussian Journal of Theriology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Ji Hyun and Anne Clay for their help. This work was supported by the Jiri National Park under the grant No. 20170453243-00. None of the authors has any conflict of interest to report.

Publisher Copyright:
© Russian Journal of Theriology, 2019.


  • Asiatic black bear
  • Dispersal event
  • Reintroduced species
  • Republic of Korea
  • Ursus thibetanus


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